Timeline for Applying to Law School

Junior Year (Two Years Out)

Fall Semester

  • Take time to consider why you wish to go to law school. Make an appointment with Gettysburg’s Pre-Law Advisor in the Center for Career Development to discuss your law school intentions.
  • Pursue opportunities to shadow, extern, or intern in the legal field to gain information and experience on various legal careers.
  • Begin researching law schools online at www.lsac.org and individual school websites. You do not need to register with LSAC to research schools – use the LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools under Choosing a Law School.
  • Attend the Gettysburg College Graduate School Fair in October to talk with law school admissions representatives.
  • Create a preliminary list of law schools you are interested in attending.
  • Begin preparing for the LSAT. Take a practice test - The Princeton Review and Kaplan Test Prep offer free online LSAT practice tests. Contact the Center for Career Development for details on campus LSAT course offerings.

Spring Semester

  • Register for the June LSAT exam at www.lsac.org. Or, continuing preparing for the exam, which is also held in September/October or December.
  • Attend events for students interested in legal careers (i.e. Pre-Law Club meetings/events, legal career panels, Law School Visitation Days, etc.)
  • Update the list of law schools you are considering and make note of their early decision/application deadlines.
  • Identify individuals to write your letters of recommendation and make initial contact.
  • Visit the Center for Career Development resume drop-in hours (Mon.-Fri., 2:30-4:30p.m.) or make an appointment with a counselor to create or update your resume.
  • Obtain a free copy of your credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com to ensure there are no errors or credit issues that may need to be addressed.

Summer between your junior and senior year

  • Take the LSAT exam in June, or continue to study for the LSAT if taking it in early fall (Sept/Oct, December).
  • Once you receive your score, update your list of law schools.
  • Register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service – many law schools require use of CAS for JD applicants.
  • Begin writing your personal statements.
  • Obtain and submit your official academic transcript(s) to the Credential Assembly Service.

Senior Year (One Year Out)

Fall Semester

  • Finalize your personal statements.
  • Check in and confirm with those individuals who agreed to write you a positive letter of recommendation. Provide them with your resume, a personal statement, letter of recommendation form, any additional materials you think would be helpful, and an envelope with postage pre-addressed to LSAC.
  • If you have not already done so or are unhappy with your score, take or retake the LSAT exam in Sept/Oct. Many schools do average scores, but they will see your highest score.
  • Keeping in mind specific deadlines based on early decision/regular decision, submit applications to law schools. The earlier the better!
  • Check to ensure LSAC/law schools have received all of your documents.
  • Send a thank you letter to your recommenders.
  • At the end of the semester, submit an updated transcript with your fall grades to the Credential Assembly Service, or to individual schools as required.

Spring Semester

  • File your FASFA (available January 1) and school specific financial aid forms.
  • Keep track of scholarship information, application procedures, and deadlines.
  • As you are admitted to schools, keep track of seat deposit deadlines.
  • Consider visiting law schools.
  • If you are interested in a school that has put you on a wait list, follow up regarding your continued interest.
  • Make a decision on where to attend and submit your deposit! Notify schools that you no longer wish to attend.
  • Get ready to enjoy law school!